The 2020 election was the most secure in U.S. history when it came to protecting physical and cyber infrastructure, however, similar measures weren’t in place to protect the people who administered the elections. Election officials and their families in states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin were doxxed and some even faced death threats.
This unrelenting targeting has led many election administrators to leave or consider leaving their positions, but according to the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s Elections Integrity Fellow David Levine, the United States’ ability to conduct future secure elections may depend on retaining these experienced election officials.
In a new report, How to Retain Election Officials to Secure Future Elections, David lays out 10 steps state and local governments can take to retain high-performing election officials and ensure they are able to continue administering safe, secure, and transparent elections, including:
- Providing more enhanced physical protection for election officials;
- Consolidating elections to no more than three per year; and
- Increasing salaries to match the work election officials do.
Read the report here: https://securingdemocracy.gmfus.org/retaining-election-officials/
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